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Presence is Key

By Kay McMillan  |  July 27, 2015

In order to get the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, people with disabilities had to advocate and fight to get a law that protected their civil rights. People with physical disabilities got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the stairs of the U.S. Capitol in protest of the House of Representatives not passing the ADA. Learn More »

Rev. Harold Wilke's Blessing Twenty-Five Years Ago a Prophetic Call to Action Today

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas  |  July 24, 2015

Before President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA 25 years ago this Sunday, July 26, a blessing was offered by the Reverend Harold H. Wilke, a United Church of Christ minister and longtime advocate for people with disabilities who was himself armless. Learn More »

One Foot in the Closet

By Jillian Kane  |  July 22, 2015

As a person with disabilities and a member of the LGBT community I strive to be an active member in the fight for civil rights. As I have immersed myself in these communities, I was a bit surprised when I realized that civil rights groups tend to stay within their focus area instead of coming together to support everyone. Learn More »

Voting Rights are Disability Rights

By Dominic Mondon-Poirier  |  July 20, 2015

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a milestone that could not have been reached without advocates who worked so hard to ensure that disability rights are civil rights. These are laws that I have personally benefitted from as a person with a disability, from attending school to crossing the street safely, just like everyone else. Learn More »

Celebrating the Progress and Promise of the ADA

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas  |  July 16, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA and the subsequent ADA Amendments Act, signed in 2008 by President George W. Bush, expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions. As a result, our society is more open and accessible to people with disabilities today than it was just a generation ago. Learn More »

Golden State of Mind

By Matt Golden  |  July 14, 2015

“I had visions of making a classic, then [sic] my world turned black,” says the rapper, The Game. While lying on my hospital bed, his lyrics seemed almost strangely prophetic. After traveling halfway across the country to attend George Washington University in pursuit of my education—even more so my independence—having my body fail me at this moment was the beginning of a nightmare. I had to watch as my vision failed, leaving me with nothing but existential darkness enveloping me. Learn More »

A New Day at AAPD

By Chris Griffin, AAPD Board Chair  |  July 9, 2015

It’s an exciting time here at AAPD as we approach the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA). I am honored and humbled to be the newly elected Chair of the Board of the AAPD. Learn More »

Learn more about The Arc’s Center for Future Planning

By The Arc  |  July 2, 2015

The Center offers a website that provides reliable information and practical assistance to families and individuals with I/DD on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, financial planning, employment and daily activities, and making social connections. Learn More »

Priced Out in 2014

By AAPD Press Team  |  June 10, 2015

The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released a study, Priced Out in 2014, which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment of a person with a disability. The study documents the severity of the housing affordability crises experienced by the lowest-income people with disabilities. Learn More »

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

By AAPD Press Team  |  June 8, 2015

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, is a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to enrolled patrons. People may be eligible for the program if they are blind, have a visual disability that prevents them from reading regular print, or have a physical disability that keeps them from being able to hold a book. For more information, visit Learn More »

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